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Speech: Federalisation good for Estonia

09/05/2013
Toomas Hendrik Ilves © EU

Summary

Estonia’s interests would be better protected in a federal than a confederal EU, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said at a debate on 9 May.

The President was speaking at a debate organised by the European Commission's Representation to Estonia. He was joined by well-known lawyer Jüri Raidla, who echoed the President's words.

"The EU can and must federalise, this corresponds to our national interests," said Raidla. "Democratic federalism protects those who are smaller…The more rules there are, the better the interests of the small ones are protected."

President Ilves also noted how Estonian attitudes towards the EU have changed over the last decade. When Estonia joined the EU in 2004, the country looked to the UK as its model. Today, Estonia is much more integrationist and looks French EU policy as an example.

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